ACRO ACCREDITATION UPDATE – VIRTUAL ACCREDITATION
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American College of Radiation Oncology recognizes the essential need to continue to offer radiation therapy with the highest quality standards for the care of cancer patients. The ACRO Accreditation program’s mission is to assist practices in achieving this goal. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made site visits to practices impossible. Given the prospect of continued travel concerns and restrictions, traditional on-site practice accreditation may not be possible for the remainder of the year or even longer. In response, ACRO Accreditation is in the process of developing and launching an entirely virtual accreditation program.
Since 2010, ACRO Accreditation has used an online process for reviewing medical charts. Under this innovative and modern system, highly skilled physician reviewers are grouped into teams according to specialization, and work under the oversight of a disease site team leader.
In the past, our online chart review process had been coupled with a traditional on-site physics and administrative review. The introduction of virtual site visits will enable our physics and administrative surveyors to perform site reviews remotely. These virtual visits will be as robust and comprehensive as our current onsite process, without any compromise in ACRO Accreditation’s high-quality standards. The new process will include teleconferenced interviews of personnel, a virtual inspection of each facility, and detailed reviews of all quality metrics and all elements of the practice’s QA programs. ACRO Accreditation is developing this new program with the safety of patients, practice site staff, and ACRO surveyors in mind. ACRO Accreditation continues to be an innovator and a leader for radiation oncology practice accreditation.
Thank you for your interest in the accreditation program of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO).
As part of its mission, ACRO developed a practice accreditation program in 1995, consisting of practice standards for radiation oncology. Accreditation is a voluntary process in which professional peers identify standards indicative of a quality practice, and an audit is conducted to assure that these standards are followed.
Since its establishment, the accreditation program has undergone periodic revisions to reflect clinical and scientific advances within the field, providing for the safe and effective practice of radiation therapy. The most recent in-depth review carried out in 2010 resulted in major changes to the process by introducing online case submissions by each practice with online review by disease site specific team members, and a quicker turnaround time for the full accreditation process, including onsite visits by physics and administrative surveyors.
If you are interested in applying for ACRO Accreditation (or re-accreditation) please apply below. If an application is cancelled by the practice after payment, a refund of up to 25% of the fee will be considered based on the reason(s) for cancellation and the work already completed by ACRO Accreditation. Refunds are not guaranteed.
ACRO Accreditation recently conducted a study comparing onsite chart reviews to online chart reviews by a radiation oncologist. Read the full article here.
Hepel, Jaroslaw et al., Comparison of Onsite Versus Online Chart Reviews as Part of the American College of Radiation Oncology Accreditation Program, Journal of Oncology Practice, Volume 13, Issue 5, May 2017, pp 331-337. Reprinted with permission. (C) 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology. All rights reserved.
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